22 July 2008 08:56 AM

Choosing the Right School

by Dr. Rick
Few decisions are as important as choosing an elementary, middle, or high school for your children. Realtors tell me that people buy homes depending on the school district serving those homes. Yet when I ask folks why they chose a certain school, they often have very little idea other than what they hear from friends or from their realtors.

“We just chose the best school,” they say.


Choosing a school is like choosing a car, only without anyone saying, “What do I have to do to get you in a fourth grade class?” What’s right for one family is entirely wrong for another. You can choose the “best” car, say a $200,000 hand-finished Bentley, and despite its elegance and finesse, it’s probably going to be impractical, worthless for your needs. Looks good to the neighbors, but not much use to your kids. Same with schools. You can choose the most expensive private school in your city, and despite its proud history and achievements, it may be the wrong fit for your child.

Plus, there are so many choices! Public, private, parochial, charter, independent, even online and home school consortiums (many parents pitching in, each sharing particular talents) are available. Come to think of it, it can be even more perplexing than choosing a car!

So, what to do?

Later this week, I’ll cover the key principles to consider before choosing a school…


7/22/2008 6:20:53 PM

This is a very interesting topic to me! This afternoon I had a father sit in my office and directly ask me what school his daughter (starting Kindergarten in the fall) should attend in 1st grade. He had a list of school he was considering and wanted me to narrow it down to the "perfect" school. Parents often fail to relize that what makes a school great for one student may be the downfall for another. It is too true that schools are anything but one size fits all.


8/25/2009 1:58:39 AM

Great write up - Thank you for sharing..

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5/20/2010 9:24:34 PM

Thanks for the information provided! I was researching for this information for quite some time, but I was not able to find a dependable source.

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